Greyville lies just below the ridge of Durban on the flat, so to speak, just outside the city centre. On its southern edge are the Botanical Gardens, whilst its north is flanked by Morningside.
Say the suburb name ‘Greyville’ to the average Durbanite, and you will discover it is virtually synonymous with the Durban July and Durban’s first and longest running sports venue - Greyville Racecourse. The Durban July is comparable to Britain’s Royal Ascot - high fashion, exciting horse racing, food, champagne and a lot of people. And you don’t even have to know all that much about horse racing to enjoy the festivities. The race was first held in July 1897 with only seven horses and today it is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar.
The Botanic Gardens, just a short stroll from here, is Durban’s oldest natural attraction and renowned for some of the finest collection of botanic species anywhere in Africa - some of the exotic trees are now huge; and drinking tea, accompanied by the sound of birds on a hot day, leaves visitors feeling refreshed and revitalised. Every so often concerts are held on Sunday evenings, for example the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra or visiting stars like Chris de Burgh, when the audience flocks to the Gardens armed with picnic baskets, wine, blankets and chairs to enjoy the open air recitals in Durban’s wonderful climate.
In the evening, head off towards Windermere Road and 9th Avenue and you’ll notice that Greyville has experienced something of a revival in the way of food. Bustling cafes, bars and restaurants that serve all types of fusion and Mediterranean fare, like Bean Bag Bohemia and 9th Avenue Bistro, serve food made by award-winning chefs in unpretentious and comfortable surrounds, with a real cosmopolitan flair.
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"Well, Greyville is an old race course, one of the main attractions of Durban. Everyone should enjoy seeing it and then exploring a little more of the city ..." - Rashid, Durban
Featured Attractions in (or near) Greyville
The Durban Botanical Gardens are famous for the original specimen of a Cycad (Encephalartos woodii) that is still widely acknowledged as probably the rarest plant in the world, as well as for its extensive collection of South African Cycad species. A highlight of the Gardens is the Orchid House which ... more information
Say the suburb name ‘Greyville’ to the average Durbanite, and you will discover it is virtually synonymous with the Durban July and Durban’s first and longest running sports venue - the Greyville Racecourse. The Durban July is comparable to Britain’s Royal Ascot - high fashion, exciting horse racing ... more information
KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra
Widely regarded as Africa's premier orchestra, the KZNPO's commitment to musical excellence has been the driving force behind the myriad of live concerts given annually, as well as a comprehensive education and development programme that is an essential resource for aspiring musicians in South Africa.
Flat but interesting championship course within the confines of the Greyville horse racing track, and close to the city centre. Several holes border on the racetrack on the opening nine, so don't come to Royal with a slice. This course is one of the most demanding golf courses in the country. At first glance it looks easy ... more information
Things To Do in Greyville